Window mural initiative in downtown Peterborough is a ‘street-level demonstration of love’

Former Toronto artist Julii McMillan (middle), who is now living in Peterborough, is one of the founders of the “Neighbourhood Love” public art campaign, launched this fall in Etobicoke when a family received hate mail after having a mural commissioned on their garage door. McMillan has joined with local artists Bethany LeBlonc (left), Dawn Pond, Brooklin Stormie, and Olivia Chessman and Toronto artists Julia Prajza and Bareket Kezwer (right) to paint six window murals in downtown Peterborough as part of the “Love for the Boro” initiative, including this mural at the old Patch Store at Hunter and George. (Photo courtesy of Love for the Boro)

A viral public art campaign called “Neighbourhood Love” that began in Toronto this fall has now made its way to Peterborough.

“Love for the Boro” debuted on Friday night (December 4) during the monthly First Friday Peterborough arts crawl through a so-called “mural scavenger hunt”.

Local artists Dawn Pond, Bethany LeBlonc, Brooklin Stormie, and Olivia Chessman joined Toronto artists Julia Prajza, Julii McMillan, and Bareket Kezwer to paint six murals in storefront windows in downtown Peterborough.

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“Love for the Boro is a community-led and supported initiative,” reads a media release from the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), one of the initiative’s sponsors.

“Together we can make love visible by creating safe spaces and opportunities…

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